Prime cattle in good supply at VLE market
There were approximately 1600 export and 400 young cattle penned representing an increase of 220 head week on week.
There was a full field of buyers present and operating in a softer market. Quality was good, with prime cattle well supplied.
The larger selection of vealers sold mostly 7c to 9c cheaper while the yearling cattle to the trade eased mostly 5c/kg. A larger and heavier selection of grown steers and bullocks were back 5c to 13c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers improved 5c to 10c/kg.
Heavy weight Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers eased 3c to 5c/kg. Heavy weight cows with good finish sold from firm to a few cents dearer while the leaner grades of mostly dairy cows slipped 10c/kg on most sales. Heavy weight bulls eased 10c/kg.
Heavy weight vealers suited to butchers sold from 317c to 346c/kg. A handful of yearling trade steers made between 313c and 330c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 295c and 315c/kg.
Grown steers made from 311c to 330c/kg. Bullocks sold from 305c to 331c/kg. Heavy bullocks made between 304c and 322c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers sold between 255c and 313c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers made from 262c to 283c with the crossbred portion from 270c to 320c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows sold from 180c to 215c/kg.
Heavy weight cows made mostly between 211c and 260c/kg. Heavy weight C and B muscle bulls sold between 253c and 299c with the dairy lots between 234c and 265c/kg.
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